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February 2017: Quirky > A Man Called Ove / Fredrik Backman - 5*****

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message 1: by Book Concierge (last edited Feb 06, 2017 05:08AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 5536 comments A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
Audiobook performed by George Newbern

Ove is the quintessential “cranky old curmudgeon” of his neighborhood, a one-man enforcement agency of the Residents’ Association rules. He lives an orderly life, inspecting his property each morning, maintaining a clean home, fixing little things before they become big problems, and keeping his distance from all the “idiots” around him. Then a family with two young daughters move in across the street, flattening Ove’s mailbox with their U-haul, and his ordered life becomes distinctly disordered.

What a joy this book is! I laughed aloud so often, and I felt for Ove’s loneliness as a child, as a young man, and as a mature man. I also rejoiced at his triumphs, and marveled at his strength of character. I worried about him and cheered him on. I absolutely fell in love with Ove, and was teary-eyed at the end.

Backman peoples the novel with an assortment of quirky characters: Patrick (who can’t back up with a trailer), Jimmy (the overweight boy next door who is an IT specialist), Anders (with the crazy girlfriend), Mirsad (the gay barrista), Adrian (the ragged youth who wants to fix his “soon-to-be” girlfriend’s bike), and Rune (his oldest friend, with whom Ove has been feuding for over a decade). About the only normal people are the women: Sonja (Ove’s wife), Anita (Rune’s wife and Sonja’s best friend), Lena (a journalist) and Parvaneh (Patrick’s wife, and Ove’s neighbor). Together they form a community, and despite himself, Ove joins with them.

George Newbern does a wonderful job narrating the audiobook. He brings these very different characters to life, giving each a unique voice. If I didn’t have to return it to the library, I’d start listening all over again.

LINK to my review

Barbara M (barbara-m) | 2149 comments Great review. I loved it too in audio.

Susie | 4488 comments I'm so glad you loved it.

LibraryCin | 8015 comments I just started this on audio this morning.

Regina Lindsey | 1005 comments I loved that this book made me laugh and cry!

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Kristel (kristelh) | 696 comments I would like to get to this one this month but my reading for February is bigger than this short little month should ever have.

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